NEW YORK – goarch.org Scout Sunday will be observed this year on February 6. It is always observed on the Sunday immediately preceding the 8th of February, unless the 8th falls on a Sunday.
The observance of Scout Sunday tradition was started years ago to make people in the Church aware of Scouting, and to allow Scouts to live out of what is pledged each week. The Scout Law says that a “Scout is Reverent” and the Scouts of all ages promise to do their “Duty to God." These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith.
In 1960, the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas [SCOBA] created and endorsed the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting [EOCS] as part of their youth ministry. This was the first agency created by SCOBA.
The EOCS Executive Board encourages all Eastern Orthodox Churches to recognize and celebrate this Boy Scout Centennial even if their church does not sponsor a Scout unit.
Some Scout Sunday Ideas:
- If your parish sponsors a Scout unit have them arrive in full uniform.
- If the church does not have a Scout program, have the Scouts come in uniform. Many priests are aware of Scout Sunday and will discuss Scouting at some point of the service
- Have the uniformed Scouts serve at the candle table in the narthex, serve as Ushers, help pass the collection tray, help serve during the coffee hour, or follow any suggestions from the parish priest. Eastern Orthodox Religious Scout Awards maybe presented on this day and the scouts can organize a Scout Display and recruitment event.
For further information on EOCS and on the Observance of Scout Sunday call George Boulukos at (516) 868-4050 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Go here for the Scout Sunday press release , or visit the Eastern Orthodox Scouting Commission web site  here .